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Sound Of Metal

Cert 15, 120 minutes, on Amazon Prime Video from 12 April

- Charles Gant

Starring: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci Director: Darius Mard

THE PLOT: Couple Ruben (Ahmed) and Lou (Cooke) are a heavy metal duo who live in their RV, criss-crossing the US from one gig to the next. When drummer Ruben suffers a sudden loss of hearing, his world falls apart. WHAT’S RIGHT WITH IT? Indie filmmaker Marder brilliantl­y plunges us inside Ruben’s head, aided by Riz’s wonderfull­y committed performanc­e. Veteran character actor Paul Raci adds authentici­ty as a man who runs an addiction-treatment centre for the deaf community. WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT? It’s not a criticism, but Marder’s decision to include open captions – so deaf and hearing audiences have the same experience of the film – may irk some viewers. VERDICT: This multi-oscarnomin­ated character study is as powerful as it is original.

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